[vcf-midatlantic] Museum Report

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Aug 19 15:09:06 EDT 2018

On 08/19/2018 02:31 PM, Gordon 'gsteemso' Steemson via vcf-midatlantic
> It came as something as a shock when, after 25 years or so of using
> "Trash-80" merely as a streamlined way of saying "TRS-80," I first
> encountered someone to whom the term was strongly offensive. It took
> even longer for me to grasp just _how_ strongly it offended, simply
> because the Platform Holy Wars dispute had degenerated to "Mac vs.
> IBM" with rare interjections of "Amiga!" by the time I encountered it.
> The various 8-bit platforms remained in minor use by those
> disinterested in forking over non-trivial sums of money to get
> something more current, but had long since ceased to even be
> referenced in that futile conflict, let alone be actual contenders
> therein.

  It's pretty offensive to me as well, as it has been since the 1980s,
but not in a "holy wars" sort of way.  It was then, as it is now, a sort
of "lack of reverence" for something that was, in fact, a pretty amazing
technological achievement.

  Nowadays it still pisses me off when I hear it, just like "Crapple"
and "Commode Door", though I really have to laugh it off when giving
museum tours.  There's a certain (mostly younger) segment of society in
which people seem to believe that it empowers them to denigrate
something.  I try very hard not to associate with such people.

  But for instances in which "Trash-80" (etc) are said for other
reasons, ownership etc that has been stated in this thread, I've much
less of a problem with it.  The intent does matter.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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